My name is Peter and I’ve been LPR since 1992. I have 3 kids that are US citizens.
I was never in any trouble with the law except occasional parking or speeding ticket but in 2011 I was convicted in the State of Florida for possession of cocaine (less than a fraction of a gram, if that makes any difference, nevertheless a felony.)
I hope that this is not what’s called Aggravated Felony, I never had any prior or past convictions.
Five and half year later I applied for citizenship and year later I received Notice to Apear in Miami court (time and date to be set) for Removal Proceeding for that felony.
My questions are about the lawyers fees in this situation. Are they usually flat or they very and what they might approximately be.
Also do I have to wait for the date in court to be set or is there anything I can do prior, like filing Cancellation of Removal.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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As you have unfortunately found out, a conviction for for a controlled substance offense aside from a single conviction for simple possession of less 30 grams of marijuana is a deportable offense. It was not a smart idea for you to apply for citizenship and since you brought yourself to the attention of USCIS they have started removal proceedings against you.
There is an old saying: "he who represents himself has a fool for a client." You are in serious trouble and you should retain qualified immigration counsel to represent you before the Immigration Court.
Legal fees for any type of case will vary depending on the specific facts of the case, what needs to be accomplished, and the expertise of the attorney. It is not a one-size fits all proposition.
Schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney who can review the facts of your case and make appropriate recommendations. Once the attorney knows about your case he or she should be able to give you an estimate as to the anticipated legal fees and costs and you can decide from there how you wish to proceed.
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